Apprenticeship Programs

American Stage, a professional, AEA, non-profit theatre company, is interviewing candidates for its 2019-20 Apprenticeship Program designed for recent college graduates looking to gain full-time, professional experience in their field. We seek passionate and motivated college graduates interested in receiving on-the-job training from theatre professionals and valuable hands-on experience at a highly regarded nonprofit, equity theatre company with a 40-year tradition in St. Petersburg, FL.

Available apprenticeships include Acting & Production, Stage & Production Management, Design & Technical Theatre, Education & Outreach, and Arts Administration. Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Get a firsthand glimpse into our Apprenticeship program by reading our Apprentice Blog.

Click through to find photos of our current and past years’ apprentices on stage and off:
American Stage Apprenticeship Program

Click the tabs below for more details on specific Apprenticeship Programs.

Education & Outreach Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Education and Outreach apprenticeship is ideal for recent graduates with a strong interest in theatre education and administration at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the Education & Outreach staff to gain experience coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing and development initiatives, assisting in the classroom, and writing study guides and lesson plans for the following programs: School Tour (elementary school touring production), Student Matinees (for mainstage shows), Outreach & Residencies (classes in schools), programs for Teens & Youth (on-site classes and productions) Improv Training Program (classes for adults).

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact Community Outreach Associate Colleen Cherry at ccherry@americanstage.org.

Arts Administration Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Arts Administration apprenticeship is perfect for individuals with a strong interest in developing administrative and leadership skills at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the producing artistic director, managing director, education director and administrative staff, gaining experience in coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing strategies, and assisting in fundraising events and development initiatives.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions.  A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact Community Outreach Associate Colleen Cherry at ccherry@americanstage.org.

American Stage Acting and Production Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Acting & Production apprenticeship is ideal for individuals who are interesting in honing their craft and gaining well rounded skills in all areas of production at a professional theatre company. Acting & Production apprentices will be asked to understudy roles, perform an acting showcase for the community, apprentice with a professional director, work as crew members and provide production support for our mainstage and American Stage in the Park productions.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices are paid a weekly stipend of $200, receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) weeks, professional development coaching, access to our improv and acting classes and will experience master classes taught by industry professionals. Housing is not provided.

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeships.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an audition and interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact Community Outreach Associate Colleen Cherry at ccherry@americanstage.org.

Stage & Production Management Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Stage & Production Management apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, including the Director of Production and the resident Equity stage manager, assisting with all aspects of production and stage management, construction, maintenance, and run crew. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Apprentices may also assist designers on a production, depending on interest and experience.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. Production and Stage Management apprentices receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) weeks and access to our improv and acting classes.  A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact Community Outreach Associate Colleen Cherry at ccherry@americanstage.org.

Design & Technical Theatre Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, run crew, as well as assisting resident and visiting designers on production designs, depending on interest, ability, and availability. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Candidates should have experience in at least one of the following technical areas: carpentry, costume construction, scenic painting, or electrics. Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will spend time in multiple areas to expand their knowledge in all areas of production.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact Community Outreach Associate Colleen Cherry at ccherry@americanstage.org.

Donovan Whitney – Acting & Production
Donovan was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Wabash College: a small, all-male liberal arts institution in Crawfordsville, IN. It was there he took his first course in acting and later added theater to his degree. He graduated in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and Theater. Since graduating, Donovan has resided in Indianapolis where he has been fortunate enough to hold down a few jobs and stay active in the Indy theater scene. The chance to collaborate with and learn from a group of dedicated artists while in St. Petersburg is one of the many things he is looking forward to with this apprentice team.

Dylan Renfrow – Acting & Production
Dylan Renfrow graduated from Auburn University in May 2018 with a BFA in Theatre Performance and Minor in Dance. He appeared in ten shows during his time at Auburn. Some of his favorite roles include Haemon in Antigone, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Aerialist/Featured Player in Chicago. Dylan has training in stage combat and aerial silks, skills that he hopes to bring with him to the American Stage apprenticeship program. He looks forward to his time with the 2018-19 American Stage apprentice team to further his skills, meet new people, and to be a part of the vibrant arts scene that St. Petersburg has to offer.

Kaylie Horowitz – Acting & Production
Kaylie Horowitz is from Lakeland, FL and recently graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in performance. She has been involved in theatre through many different capacities, and has been grateful to have had experience in acting, dancing, aerial silks, directing, and costume building. What she loves most about theatre is how a work can spark discussion and conversation, and ultimately spur people from completely different backgrounds to engage with one another. Looking towards the future, she aspires to be working as both a stage actor and a voice actor in a home studio.
Kaylie is incredibly excited to be able to engage with the St. Pete theatre community through the work happening at American Stage, and is eager to begin collaborating with her fellow apprentices.

Rose Hahn – Acting & Production
Rose Hahn is thrilled to be joining the team of artists at American Stage as an Acting and Production apprentice. She is a recently graduated with honors from Towson University and recieved a B. F. A. in Acting.Acting credits include: Baltimore Centerstage: As You Like It (servant/exile); Iron Crow Theatre: The Wild Party (Nadine); Green Globe Theatre: Hamlet (Ophelia); Maryland Ensemble Theatre: Materialize (Puppeteer); Towson University: Metamorphosis (Lodger 1, Bug), Cabaret (Rosie), Freakshow (The Girl), After (Amy), Vajungle (Woman 1), Stupid Fucking Bird (Nina). Other theatre experience includes: Towson University: Wright Hard/Play Hard, A Festival of New Play (Producing Artistic Director), Pride and Prejudice (Assistant Director), Department of Theatre Arts (Student Representative), Towson Theatre Infusion (Student Teacher), Voice and Movement 1 (Teaching Assistant).Outside of theatre, Rose enjoys cycling, yoga, swimming, beginner aerial dance, and making homemade popcorn. She looks forward to continuing to grow as an actor and artist through this apprenticeship and is excited to do so alongside the professionals at American Stage.

Season Wong – Production & Stage Management
Season Wong is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past two years, she has been involved in different kinds of theatre productions as stage management team, like immersive theatre, devised theatre, and classical theatre productions. She has experience working in both the United States and Hong Kong. She enjoys working backstage to support productions because seeing smooth productions makes her feel proud and satisfied.
She is very excited to be a part of the apprentice team this year. She looks forward to the hands-on experience working as stage and production management apprentice at American Stage as well as working in different departments. She believes hard work pays off. Working with the professionals at American Stage will definitely help her to grow and learn to become a professional as well!